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October 11, 2017

Runner-up Bev Somerville and winner John Alstin with Shepparton Croquet Club captain Gwen Denison and tournament director Noel Dealy.

Murray Baum prepares to use extreme force.

Marga Podnieks lines up her shot.

John Alston looks to find the perfect line for his shot.

Bill Blowes checks out the situation.

Adrian Bishop focuses his intentions.

SRunner-up Marga Podnieks with Shepparton Croquet Club captain Gwen Denison and tournament director Noel Dealy.

Section two: Runner-up Malcolm Algie and winner Jenny Kneebone with Shepparton Croquet Club captain Gwen Denison and tournament director Noel Dealy.

Players from as far as South Australia descended on Shepparton Croquet Club on Friday and Saturday for its Association Croquet Tournament.

With three sections up for grabs action was fierce, and despite tough conditions on the first day tournament director Noel Dealy said there was enjoyment had by all.

‘‘It was fantastic, the weather wasn’t very kind to us on the first day, but it got better by the second,’’ he said.

‘‘The people who came across from Adelaide were quite pleased with our courts and they’re keen to come back again next year.

‘‘It went very well, so we’re looking to run it again next year and the city council have helped us immensely to be able to do things like this.’’

Section one was taken out by Bill Blowes from NSW, followed by Marga Podnieks from South Australia.

Section two had a local flavour with home-grown Jenny Kneebone claiming victory from Malcolm Algie (South Australia), while John Alstin (Echuca-Moama) tasted success in section three in front of Rich River’s Bev Somerville.

The next tournament Shepparton will host will be the Victorian Bronze Medal, an invitational Association Croquet event, in December, but Dealy said there was plenty happening at the club before then.

‘‘Players will come from all across the state for the Victorian Bronze Medal,’’ he said.

‘‘But we have play here every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.’’

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